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Obama campaign manager gets seven-figure book deal

David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, has agreed to a seven-figure deal to write a book about last year's presidential election.

The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory will be published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group, next fall.

Interest was strong for Plouffe's book. His literary representative told the Associated Press that 17 imprints (some within the same publishing house) competed for the book.

Two publishing executives said that bidding reached at least $1.5 million to $2 million. The executives asked not to be identified, saying they were not authorized to discuss negotiations.

3 to join CMA Hall Of Fame

Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy will become the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Music Association announced the selections yesterday in Nashville, Tenn. All three will be formally inducted in a ceremony this spring.

Final notes

Pop singer Elton John will close his Caesars Palace show, The Red Piano, on April 22.

The show made its Las Vegas debut in February 2004. The 75-show engagement was extended. The casino says the closing show will be John's 241st performance. Tickets for it go on sale tomorrow.

Now it's Mariah, Sydney

The Oak Brook, Ill., company that makes the popular Beanie Babies is retiring the names "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" from its Ty Girlz collection.

The dolls have been renamed "Marvelous Mariah" and "Sweet Sydney," Chief Executive Ty Warner of Ty Inc. said in a statement Tuesday.

The switch is in deference to the first family after Michelle Obama said that using her daughters' names was inappropriate, Warner said. Profits from sales of the original dolls will be donated to charity.

'ER' winds up in Chicago

Amid a profusion of ER caps and scarfs, the crew of the long-running NBC medical drama shot the final Chicago scenes last week.

Noah Wyle, who played Dr. John Carter for 11 seasons, was on hand for a mayoral ceremony naming Jan. 30 "ER Day" in Chicago.

After the ceremony, Wyle said, "It's been wonderful, absolutely wonderful" stepping back into his character's skin. He said ER executive producer John Wells expressed a desire for Carter to "come back and take over the emergency room at the end."

"And so it was always in the back of his mind to have me be part of the final chapter," Wyle said. "I've been waiting for that day to come."


Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, 75.

TV producer Stephen J. Cannell, 68.

Movie director Michael Mann, 66.

Actor Tom Wilkinson, 61.

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, 47.

Actress Laura Linney, 45.

Singer Bobby Brown, 40.

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